Le Tholonet

There is a place of sheer beauty and complete glory that I wish everyone could see. It’s a hidden corner of nature in the south of France, a place called the Tholonet.

the Tholonet

Some people have heard of Emile Zola, but many people haven’t heard of his father,  François Zola, a man who was in charge of the construction of a dam. . . which is quite a sight to behold, not to mention it’s proximity to a legitimate Roman aqueduct.


The Tholonet is just five kilometers east of the small town of Aix-en-Provence, where I lived once upon a time. Easily accessible by bus,  it’s an incredible thing. Just a tiny town, tucked away in the corner of the countryside; a tiny piece of glory, waiting for hikers to tip-toe in.


In the fall, there are scads of tiny little leaves of beautiful creamy and purply colors . . . they are everywhere and they’re all so lovely!


When you go around the curve in the pathway, there is a beautiful view of Barrage Zola . . . and it only gets more breathtaking as you get closer!barrage zola The stunning mountain that so fascinated Paul Cezanne is layed out before  you in such breathtaking beauty on this route. 55_503174707375_91_n

Walking along with the red rock and the blue sky, there is nothing quite so rich and rewarding as a stroll in the Tholonet!


If you are in the South of France . . . you should go!

Published by Abby

Dabbling in decoratives is an ongoing obsession. I love having a go at This, That and the Other. . . tackling projects that tickle my fancy, hoarding costumes (for the "Someday" that I own a dress-up tea-house for grown-ups) and hosting themed parties whenever I am not immersed in teaching French and Writing to high school students. In the interest of full transparency, there's something serious you should know: I overuse the ellipsis . . . frequently. Embarassingly enough, it seems to be the punctuation that best captures my stream of thought as it flits off of one subject and towards the next!

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